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Apple AirPods (2019)
Google Pixel Buds
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Apple AirPods (2019) vs Google Pixel Buds

Analysis:

The Apple AirPods (2019) has managed to impress reviewers from some of the most highly trusted sources on the internet, including Rtings and Tom's Guide. It performed great in their in-depth hands-on roundups - it was awarded the "Most compact -- and top-notch for calls" title by CNET and "Most Comfortable Apple Headphones" by Rtings in their respective Earphone roundups. That's high praise, especially when coming from such high-quality sources.

Returning to the Google Pixel Buds, Tom's Guide, a source that's known for its high-quality in-depth testing, has great things to say about it. In fact, it was named its "Smart buds with excellent Google integration" in its "Best wireless earbuds for 2020" roundup, which is quite a feat.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. hardwarezone.com.sg, The Verge, CNET, TrustedReviews, What Hi-Fi?, Pocket-lint, slashgear.com, WIRED, Digitaltrends, Rtings, and PCmag, for example, preferred the Apple AirPods (2019), while PhoneArena, Tom's Guide, and Techradar rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Apple AirPods (2019) got reviewed the highest by Lifewire - it gave it a rating of 9.6, while the Google Pixel Buds most impressed reviewers at Android Central, which gave it a score of 9.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Apple AirPods (2019), with its 7.9 average, performed considerably better than most Earphones - the mean score for the product category being 7.3 out of 10 - while the Google Pixel Buds managed an average of 6.6.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Apple AirPods (2019) vs. Google Pixel Buds review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Rtings
Tom's Guide
PCmag
SoundGuys
Macworld
CNET
Android Central
TechSpot
The Verge
PhoneArena
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple AirPods (2019)
$139
Google Pixel Buds
Canal Earphone
No
No
Earbud
Yes
Yes
In-Ear Monitor
No
No
Noise-cancelling
No
No
True Wireless
Yes
No
Wireless
Yes
Yes
Sentiment analysis from Youtube reviewers
No Data
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Apple Earbuds of 2020” 
Last updated: 3 Jul 2020
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Affordable AirPods with great performance
in “Best wireless earbuds for 2020” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wireless Headphones with Great Microphones in 2020” 
Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Most compact -- and top-notch for calls
in “Best true wireless earbuds for 2020: Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds and more” 
Last updated: 23 days ago
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #14 out of 14
in “Best Wireless Earbuds 2020: 14 awesome cable-free sets” 
Last updated: 13 May 2020
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Earbuds” 
Last updated: 2 days ago
What to Expect
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Gifts for New Dads” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Bluetooth Headsets in 2020 (July Reviews)” 
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Summer 2020” 
Last updated: 17 Jun 2020
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The popular pick
in “Best wireless earbuds and Bluetooth headphones for phone calls” 
Last updated: 11 Jun 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 6
in “Best Wireless Earbuds” 
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Apple headphones 2020: which AirPods or Beats are right for you?” 
Last updated: 11 Mar 2020
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 7 Best True Wireless Earbuds - Summer 2020” 
Last updated: 19 days ago
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 7 Best Earbuds And In-Ear Headphones - Summer 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
Recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Smart buds with excellent Google integration
in “Best wireless earbuds for 2020” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wireless Headphones for the Google Pixel 2” 
Last updated: 30 Jun 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “The 10 best Google products you can buy” 
Last updated: 28 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Accessories in 2020” 
Last updated: 3 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Pixel 3a Accessories in 2020” 
Last updated: 5 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Accessories for Daydream” 
Last updated: 13 May 2017

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